Okay, there's a little puppy and he's about 6 months old. The vet said that it is genetic. I'm not saying its not, but what else could have caused it? More than likely not recalled dog food, right? I realize it develops, it really stinks. Should we get a second opinion from a vet? This isn't my puppy just a friends, just trying to help her out. Or should I just leave it at its genetic and hopefully the breeder won't breed them again? We already let her know, etc. Just wondering if there was anything else you guys would do.
Its actually a Japanese Chin as well, my friend liked my dogs a lot and she went and got her own. Now as months pass by its like she just now noticed it or the dog just all of a sudden became deaf. I offered to give her one of mine, but, I'm still in the process of showing my dogs(its probably going to take their entire life until they're championed though, :P), and she didn't want to pay a lot of money for a puppy, so, I have no idea where she got him from. He's a real sweet little guy though. It sucks that it happened to him.
See, thats what I was thinking. >:(, For a possibility, anyway. She really told me nothing more than its deaf, daddada. *sigh* I will strangle more information out of her! Not literally, but I'll find out more, I have no idea how long it will take. Being as she is far away and told me over the phone. I will find out and post what I learned back on here.
Ok, I will explain this again. THERE IS NO GENETIC MARKER FOR DEAFNESS. So there is no way at this point to say what causes it. The first thing that needs to be done is have the dog tested by a nurologist. The test is referred to as a BAER test. It stands for Brainstem Audio Evoked Responce. Where do you live and I can let you know of any BAER testing sites in your area. I have to travel a long distance to test my dogs. And prices can range from $100 per dog to $40. A bit about deafness in dogs. There are several ongoing studies at universities regarding deafness in several different breeds. But the most well known study is by Dr Strain at LSU. He has been studying deafness in Dalmations for well over 20 years. In a controlled study he bred two deaf dalmations and produced all hearing pups. He has also bred two hearing dogs and produced deaf pups. This is why it has been so difficult to determine a cause or locate a genetic marker. Because at this point they have no relative coralation to inheired carrier relation. So at this point all breeders can do is test prior to breeding and test there entire litters. Any effected pup or dog should be removed from the breeding program. Until they can find a cause, it can not be stated with 100% certainty that it is genetic. However there do seem to be more bloodlines that do produce more deafness. As another posted stated it could also be drug related. If someone gave ivermectin for heartworm prevention and did not use regulated doses it can also cause permanant deafness. Many breeders have choosen to use the horse paste to treat dogs. It is the same product, but if it is given in to large a dose, it has been known to cause deafness. I personally won't risk it. I buy only products labeled with correct dosing for dogs.
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Perhaps the owner should just look into training for deaf dogs, becasue of the age and the fact that nothing is obvious to have casued it, I would say she has a choice to make, either go with it or find a home for it, but don't put it off. A deaf dog can be trained, but takes extra effort.
One of my dogs had an ear infection and the vet needed to swab the ear to see what type of infection. My dog wouldn't hold still so she had to sedate him because she told me if he moves while she is doing the swab he could damage his ear drum. Also the wrong medication was also not good for him. She made it out like the wrong medication could cause deafness or maybe letting the infection go on for too long could cause deafness. I should of listened better, but I was upset that my dog had an ear infection. He was more than 41/2 years old and had never had an ear infection and the thought of putting him under for an exam. Since he is a sighthound I hate for him to take any medication used to put dogs to sleep for examination because that could lead to the dogs death. The days that they get their teeth cleaned is a very scary day, I pray that the phone call is a good one and not that my dog didn't make it.
Maybe another vet needs to be seen if a swab or ear infection medication has been given to see if they agree that it is genetic.